The need for a constant, reliable internet connection has been steadily increasing over the last few decades. In the modern world, it can be difficult to get by without any online connectivity at all. For instance, where it was once always expected for a business to take phone calls provide additional information, the standard is now to visit the business’ website. In fact, some stores do not even list their phone number for customers. If you hope to get an internet connection that suits your needs, one major option is AT&T, which is one of the major internet providers. Learn more about which of AT&T’s features may appeal to you best.
Can AT&T Cover You?
If you are considering AT&T for your internet provider, the first thing you need to ask is whether it can cover you. As big as this company is, it does not provide service across the entire United States. In fact, there are only 21 states in which AT&T provides internet access. For the most part, AT&T covers the states in the south and south east, although there are a few exceptions. This is the complete list of covered states:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
If you live in one of these states, then you should evaluate whether AT&T meets your needs. Otherwise, you should consider one of the other major internet providers.
Consider Bundling Your Services
One of the best ways to save when shopping for internet service is to bundle it with other services. AT&T’s most popular bundles are as follows:
- Internet connection and television
- Internet connection, television, and home phone
With either of these bundles, AT&T will provide a $10 discount on the internet connection. That being said, these bundles are still quite expensive. You will save money if you were already planning on paying for television or a phone line, but if you only want to connect to the internet and do not care about watching television or making call, then you can get the same service for much less.
If you bundle your internet service with television service, you should expect to pay between $75 and $85 each month depending on how many channels you want to receive. If you bundle these services with a home phone line as well, the cost per month increases to $95. AT&T provides high-quality service and prioritizes good customer support, and these prices are competitive for the wide range of services you receive. If these options do not suit your needs, you can read about some of the other options below. These other options cost much less but focus only on internet service.
The Access Program
Unfortunately, AT&T does not offer a senior discount for older potential customers. It does, however, have many special programs that can allow anyone who qualifies to receive internet services for less than their normal rates. One of these programs that AT&T offers is the Access Program. This particular program is designed to provide an internet connection to those who do not require a very fast connection. If you need a connection but value paying less over speed, this is probably your best option. There are two ways to qualify; one is for anyone and one is specifically for those who live in California. The first way you can qualify for the Access Program is by meeting these requirements:
- At least one person from your household must participate in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP for short.
- You must live in one of the 21 states AT&T provides service in.
- You must have no outstanding debt with AT&T or have had any debt within the last six months.
If you live in California, the same requirements apply, although you can qualify if a member of your household is receiving Supplemental Security Income, or SSI for short, rather than only a participant in SNAP. For every area of the U.S., there are particular tiers of internet connection available which range from 10 megabits per second to 768 kilobits per second. When you qualify, you will be provided the fastest connection tier available in your area. Keep in mind that 10 megabits per second, which is the fastest available with the Access Program, is quite slow by most modern standards, but it is plenty if all you plan to do with it is communicate with friends and family or shop online. The cost of this service also varies with the tier you receive, ranging from $10 a month to just $5 a month. Another benefit is that there is no commitment, deposit, or installation fee. If this plan sounds right for you, contact AT&T for more information.
AT&T has another special program specially designed for those with limited income. This program is called AT&T Lifeline, and it can be used to gain phone services for very cheap as well. There are three major requirements:
- You earn less than 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.
- A member of your household participates in one of several federal assistance programs, several of which are designated for seniors.
- You live in one of the 21 states where AT&T provides service.
AT&T guarantees to reduce the monthly bill of those who meets these requirements by at least $9.25 each month, and some qualify for an additional $25 to be removed.
It can be difficult to keep all your options straight. There are a few other simple plans available from AT&T. The following table may make it easier to figure out which plan is best for you.
|Television and Internet||$75 – $85 per month|
|Television, Phone, and Internet||$95 per month|
|768K, 1.5Mbps, or 5Mbps||$40 – $50 per month, plus an installation fee|
|10Mbps, 18Mpbs, 25 & 50Mpbs, or 100Mpbs||$50 – $60 per month, plus an installation fee|
It can be intimidating to choose an internet provider and plan, but all this information should help you make your decision. If AT&T does not meet your needs, The Senior List can point you in the direction of other internet providers that may.